At William Austin Infant School we plan topics which link in with the objectives set out within the National Curriculum. When planning these topics our aim is to ensure we give our children exciting, inspiring and enriching experiences where they can develop their knowledge about their locality, the United Kingdom and the world. The Geography curriculum through the school is designed to build every year on children’s previous learning with each Geography topic linking to and reinforcing understanding of our planet, its people and its environment.
Within Year 1 and 2, children are taught to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans as well as to name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and surrounding seas. Children are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of geographical similarities and differences through studying human and physical features of a small area of the United Kingdom and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country. In Year 2, children have a closer look at The Gambia and compare the similarities and differences to the United Kingdom.
Children also begin to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and begin to identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and the North and South Poles. Of course, just like any other subject children will also learn how to use geographical vocabulary such as beach, cliff, city and town.
Please see below for some ideas of how you can support your children at home with geography.